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Simon Cowell pretends not to know act Wes-P on America’s Got Talent

Simon Cowell was left speechless when Japanese performer Wes-P performed a naked tablecloth trick for the America’s Got Talent judges on Monday night’s show.

His shock, however, was somewhat unconvincing, given the same contestant appeared on Britain’s Got Talent just a few weeks before, and has also cropped up on the Czech-Slovak incarnation of the show Česko Slovensko Má Talent, as well as the German and Georgian versions.

Wes-P reached the semi-final on the UK version of the talent show under the moniker Mr Uekusa where he performed an almost identical trick to the one American’s watched on Monday evening’s show.

Faking it: Simon Cowell has feigned shock at the naked tablecloth performer Wes-P on America's Got Talent, despite already watching him perform earlier this year on Britain's version of the show

Faking it: Simon Cowell has feigned shock at the naked tablecloth performer Wes-P on America’s Got Talent, despite already watching him perform earlier this year on Britain’s version of the show

When on the show in Britain – which aired during the first week of auditions back in April – Simon was the first and only judge to press his red X, after the Japanese variety performer removed all of his clothes, covered himself in a satin sheet, placed items of crockery on his body and whipped the sheet off from underneath.

Simon had been appalled at the time, asking him when the act was over: ‘You do know that the winner of this show gets to perform in front of the royal family, don’t you?’

In comparison, his fellow judges Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams had loved it, and put him through to the next round, citing his act as ‘erotic’ (David) and ‘different’ (Alesha).

The Japanese performer got through to the semi-finals of the British show before heading stateside for his ill-fated attempts to crack the US.

Simon tried a different tack when Mr Uekusa cropped up in front of him once again on America’s Got Talent, this time as Wes-P. 

Spot the difference: Wes-P appeared on the UK version of the talent show under the moniker Mr Uekusa where he performed an almost identical trick to the one American's watched on Monday evening's show [pictured on AGT]

Spot the difference: Wes-P appeared on the UK version of the talent show under the moniker Mr Uekusa where he performed an almost identical trick to the one American’s watched on Monday evening’s show [pictured on AGT]

History repeating: In both instances, the Japanese wannabe appeared with a translator, seemingly unable to speak English himself [pictured on BGT in April]

History repeating: In both instances, the Japanese wannabe appeared with a translator, seemingly unable to speak English himself [pictured on BGT in April]

Shocked, Simon? His shock, however, was somewhat unconvincing, given that the same performer appeared on Britain's Got Talent just a few weeks before, and has also cropped up on the Czech-Slovak incarnation of the show ¿esko Slovensko Má Talent

Shocked, Simon? His shock, however, was somewhat unconvincing, given that the same performer appeared on Britain's Got Talent just a few weeks before, and has also cropped up on the Czech-Slovak incarnation of the show ¿esko Slovensko Má Talent

Shocked, Simon? His shock, however, was somewhat unconvincing, given that the same performer appeared on Britain’s Got Talent just a few weeks before, and has also cropped up on the Czech-Slovak incarnation of the show Česko Slovensko Má Talent [pictured L in April, R in June]

Acting as if he’d never come across the man before in his life, Simon asked him: ‘Who are you? Tell me about your act? Is it well known in Japan?’

Wes-P performed a nearly identical trick, this time with Simon watching on in amusement.

‘What the bloody hell was that?’ asked Simon, while co-judges Mel B and Heidi Klum cringed and hid their eyes. 

The ladies were the outraged ones this time, both of them pressing their X buttons as soon as the performer took off his clothes.

XXX: 'What the bloody hell was that?' asked Simon, while co-judges Mel B and Heidi Klum cringed and hid their eyes

XXX: ‘What the bloody hell was that?’ asked Simon, while co-judges Mel B and Heidi Klum cringed and hid their eyes

In contrast: On the UK appearance, Simon's fellow judges Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams had loved the act, and put him through to the next round, citing him as 'erotic' (David) and 'different' (Alesha)

In contrast: On the UK appearance, Simon’s fellow judges Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams had loved the act, and put him through to the next round, citing him as ‘erotic’ (David) and ‘different’ (Alesha)

Breaking America: The Japanese performer got through to the semi-finals of the British show before heading stateside for his ill-fated attempts to crack the US

Breaking America: The Japanese performer got through to the semi-finals of the British show before heading stateside for his ill-fated attempts to crack the US

‘This is not normal!’ Mel exclaimed.

‘I kind of want to see where this is going to go?’ was Simon’s reply, despite already knowing what the act entailed.

He eventually pushed his red X too, but not before the act was complete, leaving Howie Mandel as the last judge standing.

In both instances, the Japanese wannabe appeared with a translator, seemingly unable to speak English himself.

Before and after: Wes-P performed a nearly identical trick, this time with Simon watching on in amusement [pictured L in London and R in LA]

Before and after: Wes-P performed a nearly identical trick, this time with Simon watching on in amusement [pictured L in London and R in LA]

Before and after: Wes-P performed a nearly identical trick, this time with Simon watching on in amusement [pictured L in London and R in LA]

Doing the rounds: While the Czech version has not aired since 2016, Mr Uesaka/Wes-P posted an image of himself outside his dressing room recently on Twitter in what was either a throwback shot or a new appearance yet to be aired

Doing the rounds: While the Czech version has not aired since 2016, Mr Uesaka/Wes-P posted an image of himself outside his dressing room recently on Twitter in what was either a throwback shot or a new appearance yet to be aired

Causing a stir: AGT tweeted about the Japanese native...

Causing a stir: AGT tweeted about the Japanese native…

Previously: BGT did the same, just two months prior to the American appearance

Previously: BGT did the same, just two months prior to the American appearance

He has also, however, appeared on Czecho Slovakia’s Got Talent, suggesting Simon – who created the worldwide franchise – had been aware of him then too.

MailOnline has contacted a rep for Simon, AGT and BGT. 

While the Czech version has not aired since 2016, Mr Uesaka/Wes-P posted an image of himself outside his dressing room recently on Twitter in what was either a throwback shot or a new appearance yet to be aired.

The act tends to feature variations of stripping and placing teacups over his private parts. 

Unusual: Wes-P got a bashing after his act, which involved stripping and placing teacups over his private parts on AGT

Unusual: Wes-P got a bashing after his act, which involved stripping and placing teacups over his private parts on AGT



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